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Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI November 15, 2019

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From romance to workplaces to hypocrisy, see what you may have missed in the world of personality and social psychology on this week's ICYMI roundup

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Why Does Joe Biden Touch People So Much and Why Do We Care?

A man touches a woman's shoulder as she looks to side, like, dude?

Former Vice President Joe Biden has always been a physically affectionate man, but recently that touching has become controversial.  We turn to experts in social and personality psychology to help us understand what is going on.

Our experts suggested that at least seven different psychological processes may be at play:

1.  Touch signals caring and support: The role of the need to belong

How Do Robots and Humans Interact?

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To what extent do people place identity with or against robots? Can we take a robot’s perspective? Do we see robots as moral beings?

Xuan Zhao, who studies perspective taking, empathy, and prosocial behaviors, launched the session by highlighting the theoretical and practical relevance of examining human-robot interaction.

Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI July 21, 2017

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Each week, we recap featured posts from Character & Context and other blogs around the cyberspace, plus news stories and tweets worth a look. If you have an item you'd like us to consider, use the hashtag #SPSPblog or tweet us directly @spspnews.

Thinking and Feeling In Judging Others

By Alexander Danvers

You’re interviewing a stranger for a job, and while you have “the facts” about their previous job history in front of you, what you’re not sure about is their emotional state. Are they anxious? Excited? Bored?

Agreeable Personalities are More Likely to Help Strangers

Prosocial behaviors, such as willingness to help others, may be linked to specific personalities.  Based on new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, agreeableness is one of the better predictors of prosocial behavior.

Psychology News Roundup: ICYMI November 16, 2018

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From stress to lying to empathy, check out this week's posts and news stories.

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Psychology News Round-Up: ICYMI October 19, 2018

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The growth mindset and empathy figure prominently this week. See what else you may have missed online.

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Does Empathy Have a Dark Side?

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Empathy – defined broadly as the capacity to recognise, feel and/or react compassionately to others’ emotional states – has a tradition of being conceptualised positively.  Manifold societal movements seek to encourage a culture of empathic concern, and a pervading “empathy deficit” was of a particular poignancy to the 44th President of the United States.  In many ways, empathy is a positive social force.  Psychologists have linked a greater propensity to empathise to a multitude of desirable outcomes including

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